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No brewing here...again.  Sigh.  Going on 2 months, my longest stretch without brewing since I started.  Life has gotten complicated recently.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Fresh Spearmint
« on: August 31, 2011, 12:42:23 PM »
I'm barely a fan of chocolate and mint (hey, why destroy good chocolate), but I'm definitely a fan of beer flavored beer.

...and bourbon flavored beer, and vanilla flavored beer, ........    :)

Surprisingly (or maybe not), I kinda burned out on that a long time ago.  When I brew it now, I give 99% of it away.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Tweaking a witbier recipe.
« on: August 31, 2011, 11:31:02 AM »
When and how did witbier come to be fruit punch?

Not trying to make it a fruit punch, just trying to bring out the citrus a little more.

I'm not dissing you or even specifically referring to you.  But IMO any "orange/fruitiness" in a wit should come from the coriander, the way it was intended, and not from fruit additions.  People seem to think that adding bitter orange peel should make the beer taste "orangey", when it's really for bitterness and any orange character comes from the coriander.  It's your beer and your tastes, but I'd rather have a wit the way it traditionally is supposed to taste.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Tweaking a witbier recipe.
« on: August 31, 2011, 10:44:08 AM »
When and how did witbier come to be fruit punch?

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Fresh Spearmint
« on: August 31, 2011, 10:43:15 AM »
I'm barely a fan of chocolate and mint (hey, why destroy good chocolate), but I'm definitely a fan of beer flavored beer.  As you say, to each their own.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Fresh Spearmint
« on: August 31, 2011, 10:30:58 AM »
The only bad thing I can think of would be the flavor....just doesn't sound appealing to me in the least.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: reverse step mashing
« on: August 31, 2011, 10:28:32 AM »
all the enzymes wouldn't be denatured but a lot would... it would need to be a longer rest OR you could throw in another couple of hand fulls of 6 row - tons of enzymes!

These days, 6 row doesn't have much more diastatic power than 2 row.  I use 6 row for the flavor it gives, not because it's more effective at conversion.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrewing CSA?
« on: August 31, 2011, 09:08:10 AM »
I thought I read on one of the brewing law blogs that homebrewing has never been litigated. Does that mean that no one has ever been fined/arrested for violation of homebrewing laws?

There was a guy in AL last year who was busted and prosecuted for homebrewing.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: First Lager - Temp Advice
« on: August 30, 2011, 02:32:01 PM »
If I'm using carboys then I pitch at 45 and ferment at 50 for 4 weeks - thats it, done.  I find that the beer is ready to drink at this point and will either fine or filter out the yeast.  I have done very well with this technique and generally don't mess with the "raise temp" and then slowly "lower temp to lager" stuff... I'm to lazy ;)





Uh, James....we don't use the "L" word....we call that "pragmatic"!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 2 -week old slurry
« on: August 30, 2011, 08:26:27 AM »
At 2 weeks old, I'd just pitch it as is.

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Ingredients / Re: Belgian Golden Ale...Which Sugar Addition
« on: August 30, 2011, 08:24:15 AM »
I'd keep it to sugar, but I'm kinda traditional like that.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pseudo schwarzbier, 1007 or 2565?
« on: August 30, 2011, 08:18:39 AM »
Pawtucket - I read on the Wyeast website that it could be used for a biere de garde. I always thought of that a Belgian thing. Interesting.

Actually, BdG is French, not Belgian.  It's usually made with a neutral ale or lager yeast.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Salty beer?
« on: August 29, 2011, 02:25:56 PM »
Leos, how many salty comments have you had?  Is it possible that the person who said that is just wrong?

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Homebrewing CSA?
« on: August 29, 2011, 02:24:47 PM »
IANAL

Man, you and your internet acronyms.  What is this? I am not a liar?

Well, that, too, but...

I
Am
Not
A
Lawyer

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